Reproductive rights oral history project with Marge Berer

DescriptionMarge Berer was the founder editor of the journal Reproductive Health Matters (October 1992-April 2015). She has been a co-coordinator of the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion (ICWRSA) since May 2015. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the RCOG (November 2017). She was a co-founder and chair of the Steering Committee, of the International Consortium for Medical Abortion (2002-2011). She has participated in a number of advisory panels at WHO, including on abortion guidance, sexual rights and FGM. She is a member of Voice for Choice, the UK coalition of pro-choice organisations, and was its chair (2007- 2010). In 2007, she received the Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg Award (Population Council) for excellence in writing and editing in the population sciences. She was the first chairwoman of the Gender Advisory Panel, WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research (1996-2001), and a member of the IPPF International Women’s Advisory Panel (1993-98). She has been working in the UK and internationally since 1976 as an advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights. She worked for the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights from 1985 to 1990. She published a book in four languages on women, HIV and sexual and reproductive health in 1993-95, and has published many articles. She has also been involved in advocacy work against the criminalisation of FGM in the UK. She has a blog (Berer Blog), regularly gives presentations and lectures to post-graduate students, and has co-organised both large and small international conferences, workshops and seminars, starting with the Fourth International Women & Health Meeting 1984 and most recently a three-day workshop at the Reproductive Justice Conference (South Africa 2018) and the International Forum, International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion ICWRSA (Lisbon 2018).
NotesThe transcript of this interview is available upon request at the Graduate Institute Archives by writing to archives[at]